Claire Agnew is a Senior Associate in our Private Client team and has over 19 years’ experience in private client matters. Claire specialises in a variety of private client work including advising on and drafting Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, and acting for Executors and Administrators in relation to estate administration.
Although based at our Exeter Office, Claire is happy to travel to see clients at any of our offices or at their homes, if this is preferred.
Claire studied Law at the University of Hull and qualified as a solicitor in 2002. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Julie Baldey is a Senior Associate working in the Private Client department. She joined Everys in January 2021 and is based at our Honiton Office. Julie is a registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) and a qualified Accounting Technician (AAT) with NVQs 2-4 in applied accounting, and deals primarily with the administration of estates.
With over 15 years’ experience in Probate, Julie has handled a large variety of assets owned by her clients – trains, planes, horses, boats, and vintage cars, amongst others – and finds this work very interesting and varied. She enjoys interacting with clients and unravelling complex issues.
Julie moved from East Sussex to Devon with her family in 2017 so that they could enjoy their horses.
Nigel is a Chartered Legal Executive working in the Private Client department based primarily at our Taunton Office, but will happily travel to our other offices to meet with clients.
Nigel’s main areas of work include wills, lasting powers of attorney, probate, elderly client matters, estate administration, and estate planning.
Prior to working in law, Nigel spent five years in the Royal Artillery and then 12 years as a retained firefighter based in Glastonbury. It was due to a back injury sustained in a fire that Nigel had to leave the fire service and retrain for another career.
He gained his Law degree from the University of Glamorgan and has worked in Private Client since 2004.
Nigel joined Everys in January 2021, having worked in local firms since qualifying. The most enjoyable part of work for Nigel is building up excellent client relationships and providing a professional, but down to earth, link with clients.
Nigel is a Dementia Champion and has connections to the local Dementia Action Alliance.
In his spare time, Nigel enjoys spending time with his family and dog, Bella. He helps out with his two younger sons in their rugby and football and particularly enjoys watching those sports.
Charlotte Thomas-Collins is a Senior Associate and Head of the Private Client department based at Exmouth.
With over 12 years’ experience in private client matters, Charlotte’s expertise lies in elderly and vulnerable care; tax; trusts and succession; and trust creation and administration. Described as “charming in manner”, “courteous” and “warm” by the Legal 500, Charlotte’s approach to her work particularly suits her elderly and vulnerable clients whom she often visits at their home or our other offices. Charlotte also acts for clients in relation to their wills, probate, lasting powers of attorney, and estate planning.
Charlotte graduated in law from Brasenose College, Oxford and qualified as a solicitor in 2006. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Joan Pullin is a Senior Associate and Trust and Estate Practitioner. Joan specialises in a variety of private client work including advising on and drafting wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney. She also acts for executors in relation to estate administration and can assist with applications for BPR and APR as well as advise in relation to deeds of variation.
Although based at our Honiton office, Joan is happy to travel to see clients at any of Everys’ offices or their homes, if this is preferred.
Joan was admitted as a solicitor in 2013 and is a fully accredited member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Eleanor Weller is an Associate in our Private Client Department. Her work includes Wills, Powers of Attorney, probate and estate administration, as well as Court of Protection matters.
Eleanor has a background in Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law, having previously represented people detained under the Mental Health Act and dealt with proceedings before the Court of Protection. She, therefore, specialises in dealing with vulnerable people and capacity issues and also has an interest in advising those acting under a Power of Attorney.
Eleanor is based in Taunton but is happy to meet with clients at home or at our other offices.
Eleanor studied law at Cardiff University and is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Scheme. She joined Everys in 2018.
Chris Lake is an Associate in our Private Client department and is based at Sidmouth. He first joined Everys in 2003 and stayed nine years before taking time out to fulfill a long-held dream to explore Australia and South East Asia. Upon his return to Everys in 2015, he continued with private client work and now advises on estate administration, probate, wills, and lasting powers of attorney.
Chris is working towards his Chartered Institute of Legal Executives qualification.